I spotted this sign in Kunming literally years ago, but finally found myself passing it with a camera in hand yesterday. I think it's great - motivating, yet vaguely violent! And the way the word "struggle" gets broken in half, is so apt. Certainly my attempts to learn Chinese are pitiful compared to most other foreigners I meet. After seven years here I should be able to hold a simple conversation, you'd have thought? Yet today at the hairdressers, as usual,three questions in (How long have you been in China? Where are you from? What do you do here?) and I suddenly couldn't understand whatever else he was asking (it could equally well have been about the length of my hair or the state of the Peruvian economy). If my foreign language is indeed a weapon, it's more of a tickling stick than a tank.
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